We strongly support Mayor
Bloomberg's proposal to place tolls on the bridges that span the East River.
"free" bridges already cost New Yorkers plenty. Motorists and city
taxpayers pay tens of millions of dollars in congestion, lost productivity,
higher shipping costs, frayed nerves and poor health caused by air pollution
from heavy volumes of cars and trucks.
Peak-hour tolls on these
bridges will reduce traffic congestion, quicken travel for those who have to
drive and allow for lower tolls on all bridges and tunnels during off-hours.
Modern technology means that tolls can be put in place without toll plazas and
attendant traffic back-up.
Most importantly, new tolls
will yield funds desperately needed to meet the city's transportation needs.
These range from the dollars to maintain city bridges and roads to making
transit attractive by holding down subway and bus fares and repairing the
For more information, contact:
Gene Russianoff, Straphangers
at (212) 349-6460 or (917) 813-1022.
John Keahny, Transportation
Alternatives at (212) 629-8080.
Jon Orcutt, Tri-State
Transportation Campaign at (212) 268-7474.
Transportation Alternatives 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-629-8080 Fax: 212-629-8334